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The heart of the Turkish Republic, Ankara, is the second largest city of Turkey after Istanbul. The city genuinely lies on the border where east meets west. This means that a traveller can sit outside at a café under the shade of a tree-lined boulevard eating Meze. The European influences combined with the ones of the Middle East have coloured the architecture, food, wine, nightlife, fashion and arts. The two cultures have merged to build a city with a unique identity. By dropping anchor in Ankara, as its name suggests, you are crossing the border of history.


Population Approximately 5,000,000
Currency Turkish Lira (TRY) 1 = 100 kuruş
Opening hours Shops are normally open Mon-Sat 9am-7/8pm, some are closed over lunch. Larger shops and malls often stay open later. On Sundays and public holidays shops are normally closed. Banks are generally open 8.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5.30pm and stay closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Newspapers Foreign newspapers and magazines are available. In addition, Turkish daily newspapers and Today’s Zaman are published in English.
Emergency numbers Emergency: 112
Police: 155
Fire Brigade: 110
Tourist information Ankara Tourist Information
Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvarı 121 Tandoğan, Ankara
+90 312 231 55 72